Canada names China, Russia as main cyber-crime threats; sees risk to power supply

China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Thursday called the claims groundless and said that China is itself a victim of cyber-attacks. In July, Canada, Britain and the United States accused Russian-backed hackers of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data. EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

A digital screen displays a live cyber hack attack during a press conference at the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in Wiesbaden, Germany, 11 November 2019. Scott Jones, CSE’s head of cyber security, said that “state-sponsored actors are very likely attempting to develop the additional cyber capabilities required to disrupt the supply of electricity”. The BKA presented the federal picture of the Cybercrime 2018 in Germany. “State-sponsored cyber activity is generally the most sophisticated threat”, the country’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) intelligence agency said in its second national cyber threat assessment. CSE said that the programs posed the greatest strategic threat to Canada, given how many people were relying on digital services amid the coronavirus pandemic. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Canada names China, Russia as main cyber-crime threats; sees risk to power supply

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa07988392 A digital screen displays a live cyber hack attack during a press conference at the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in Wiesbaden, Germany, 11 November 2019. EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

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Canada said on Wednesday it has identified state-sponsored programs in China, Russia, Iran and North Korea as major cyber-crime threats for the first time. The BKA presented the federal picture of the Cybercrime 2018 in Germany.